Join Our Team
***We are no longer accepting applications for our 2017-18 team. Applications for next year's team will open in January 2018.***
Interested in program and event planning? Want to see what goes on behind-the-scenes at some of UVM’s favorite events, like Week of Welcome, Labor Day Comedy Show, and SpringFest? Apply to be a member of UPB! We recruit and hire in January for the following year.
Swing by our information session on January 30th, 2017 at 7PM in the Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. Get all your questions answered and chat with some of our current members. Can't make it to the info session but still want more info? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION & INTERVIEW
**Applications are now closed.**
Applications are available at go.uvm.edu/application and are due on February 10th, 2017 at 11:59PM. All applications will be reviewed by the UPB Executive Team & Advisors and if interested, we will contact you for an interview. Group interviews will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
WHAT POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
Structurally, UPB is divided into two teams, Planning and Production. The Planning Team consists of five committees (Special Events | Concerts | Arts, Culture & Film | Comedy, Speakers & Education | Marketing) who plan, promote, and execute events throughout the semester. The Production Team helps staff these events, and often acts as the face of UPB.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
All UPB staff members must commit to bi-weekly UPB Team meetings on Mondays at 8PM. We also hold two mandatory retreats per academic year (fall and spring).
Planning Team members must attend a weekly 1-hour committee meeting and hold 2-4 office hours per week. The committee meetings and office hours are determined based on your semester availability. Planning committees are expected to be present at their own events and to support their fellow UPB staff members when time allows.
Production Team members must commit to minimum of 20 hours a month (about 4-5 events). Shifts are assigned based on weekly availability.
WHAT IS THE COMPENSATION?
Planning Team members received a $500 stipend (paid in $250 installments at the middle and end of each semester) and Production Team members are paid hourly ($10.00/hr). Additionally, all members receive a UPB t-shirt, have first access to cool freebies, get to meet exciting talent that comes to UVM, and have an awesome experience!
WHO CAN APPLY?
Current UVM students in good academic and judicial standing may apply. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. You do NOT need federal work-study for this position.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for students who will be dedicated to serving the UVM community through fun and engaging programming efforts. While prior event planning/management experience is helpful, it’s not a necessity. More importantly, we seek out good organizational and communication skills, a strong work-ethic, and positive energy.
UPB is committed to social justice, environmental sustainability, and inclusivity, and these values should be reflected in our programming, as well as our members. UPB students should be open to growth and demonstrate a commitment to learning in these areas.
Arts, Culture, & Film
The Arts, Culture, and Film Committee is responsible for creating opportunities to educate, inform and engage the student body about cultural affairs, film, and the visual/performing arts. Keeping a pulse on important issues related to diversity and social justice, and then addressing them through programming, is a key charge of this committee. ACF is also responsible for collaborating with our international student community to produce events that highlight the cultural diversity that exists within UVM’s own student population. Past events have included International Film & Food Nights, Crafts & Snacks, A Night At The Drive-In, and Wine & Cheese Tasting.
Comedy, Speakers, & Education
The Comedy, Speakers, & Education Committee is responsible for booking a variety of comedians, speakers, and educational programs for the UVM campus, including the annual Labor Day Comedy Show. COMSPEC produces events that represent and appeal to a variety of contingencies within the student population, and aim to entertain as well as educate. Past guests have included comedian Seth Meyers, author Piper Kerman, and snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
The Concerts Committee is responsible for bringing musicians and musical events to campus, including the annual FallFest and SpringFest concerts. These events should represent and appeal to a variety of contingencies within the student population. Musical acts can include singer/songwriters, DJs, bands, and a cappella troupes, though programming should not be limited to just performances. Past events have also included workshops, open mic nights, and Battle of the Bands.
The Special Events committee is responsible for planning and enhancing many of UVM’s traditional events, such as Back2SchoolBash, Wicked Wednesday Pub Quiz, Candy Shoppe, and Winter Carnival (formerly DC Delirium). They are also charged with creating new and unique programs throughout the semester, including late-night and weekend programming. Past events have included the Jay Peak Waterpark Trip, Outdoor Yoga, and Food Hop.
The Marketing Committee is made up of the Director of Marketing and two Marketing Liaisons. They are responsible for branding and marketing UPB events through the use of social media, posters, flyers, promotional items, and giveaways. Working closely with the Planning Committees and Production Team, these folks use their creative talents to capture UVM’s student population through marketing. Each Marketing Liaison is assigned two planning committees (selected from Special Events, ACF, COMSPEC, and Concerts), and works closely with these teams to effectively promote their events.
The Production Team is made up of approximately 15 students who work as the production crew for UPB. While the Planning Committees plan and organize programs, the Production Team provides all the behind-the-scenes support that makes these events happen. Production Team members sign up for shifts on a weekly basis under the supervision of the Director of Production. This position offers fun, fast-paced, and exciting work, but also provides members with flexibility and autonomy.
Specific tasks will vary based upon event. Responsibilities may include:
- Setting up and tearing down event spaces
- Decorating for parties
- Working with audio/visual equipment
- Selling/taking tickets
- Assisting with hospitality needs of speakers, musicians, and other guests
- Tabling for UPB in the Davis Center Atrium and at all UPB events